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Protein Deficiency Summary

Description: A nutritional condition produced by a deficiency of proteins in the diet, characterized by adaptive enzyme changes in the liver, increase in amino acid synthetases, and diminution of urea formation, thus conserving nitrogen and reducing its loss in the urine. Growth, immune response, repair, and production of enzymes and hormones are all impaired in severe protein deficiency. Protein deficiency may also arise in the face of adequate protein intake if the protein is of poor quality (i.e., the content of one or more amino acids is inadequate and thus becomes the limiting factor in protein utilization). (From Merck Manual, 16th ed; Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 12th ed, p406)

Also Known As: Deficiency, Protein; Deficiencies, Protein; Protein Deficiencies

Networked: 868 relevant articles (14 outcomes, 60 trials/studies) for this Disease

Key Drugs and Agents for Protein Deficiency

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Drugs and Important Biological Agents (IBA) related to treatments:
  1. Iron : 3 outcomes 5 studies in 39 results : IBA
  2. Anthelmintics : 2 outcomes in 2 results : IBA
  3. Membrane Proteins (Integral Membrane Proteins) : 1 outcome 1 study in 8 results : IBA
  4. Vitamin A (Retinol) : 1 outcome in 13 results : FDA 33 Generic
  5. Hydrolases : 1 outcome in 3 results : IBA
  6. Nucleotides : 1 outcome in 2 results : IBA
  7. Dexamethasone (Maxidex) : 1 outcome in 2 results : FDA 77 Generic
  8. Ubiquinone : 1 outcome in 1 result : IBA
  9. Pyrantel : 1 outcome in 1 result : IBA
  10. Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) : 1 outcome in 1 result : FDA 1
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Diseases Related to Protein Deficiency

  1. Infection
  2. Malnutrition
  3. Neoplasms (Cancer)
  4. Weight Loss (Weight Reduction)
  5. Anemia
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Key Therapies for Protein Deficiency

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  1. Transplants (Transplant) : 1 outcome in 3 results
  2. Ketogenic Diet : 1 outcome in 2 results
  3. Cell Transplantation : 1 outcome in 1 result
  4. Homologous Transplantation (Allograft) : 1 outcome in 1 result
  5. Protein-Restricted Diet (Diet, Protein Restricted) : 1 study in 12 results
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